We Now Know

We Now Know

Rethinking Cold War History

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"A masterly review of the early pahses of the conflict between the United States, Russia, China and their respective allies from 1946 to the Cuban missle crisis in the autumn of 1962. It is clear, thorough and judicious; in short, magnificent."--The Economist "...Gaddis has done a thorough job of collating material from these diverse sources...and constructing a trenchant analysis that puts these fascinating tidbits into context."--San Francisco Chronicle & Examiner Based on the latest findings of Cold War historians and extensive research in American archives as well as the recently opened archives in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and China, We Now Know provides a vividly written, eye-opening account of the Cold War during the years from the end of World War II to the Cuban missile crisis. The book brims with new information drawn from previously unavailable sources, with fresh insight into the impact of ideology, economics, and nuclear weapons, and with striking reinterpretations of the roles of Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Khrushchev, Mao, and Stalin. Indeed, Gaddis concludes that if there was one factor that made the Cold War unavoidable it was Stalin.
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1997
ISBN: 9780198780700
0198780702
Branch Call Number: 909.825 GADDIS 1997
Characteristics: x, 425 pages ; 25 cm

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mammothhawk229e
May 28, 2019

Author looked at newly opened archives in Eastern Europe, Russia & China to give new perspective on Cold War.
Book only went up from 1917-1963 AD.
Conclusions?
The diversification of power did more to shape the course of the Cold War than did the balancing of power. Most went multidimensional. Soviet Union slowly slid into monodimensionality.
American & Soviets built empires after WWII ,but not the same kind.
Many people saw the Cold war as contest of good & evil.
Democracy proved superior to autocracy in maintaining coalitions.
Marxism-Leninism during the the Cold War fostered authoritarian romanticism. Ideology determined the behavior of Communist regimes.
Nuclear weapons exchanged destructiveness for duration.
As long as Staling was running the Soviet Union a cold war was unavoidable.

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